Mattress Cleaning Like a Pro!
A mattress is not a cheap purchase. That is why we want to make it last for as long as possible, and that means learning how to clean it. Yes, we mean serious mattress cleaning.
How often do you include the mattress in your deep cleaning schedule? I bet you don’t. Most cleaning routines do not involve them considering it is one of the most used pieces of furniture in your home. It can accumulate dirt, dust mites, and other debris. You need to clean it, especially if you have allergies, pets, and eat in bed.
Here is some good news. Mattresses are easier to clean than you can imagine. We talk to the experts in house cleaning Wellington from Urban Care, a leading platform for home services in New Zealand to get some pro tips on how to deep clean a mattress. Here is a walk through.
Why Your Mattress Needs Cleaning
Even with sheets and mattress protectors, the mattresses can get soiled from dust, spills, and sweat because they are not airtight. If you are changing the bed sheets and pillowcases every two weeks but not changing the mattress, how much dirt is going down there if you are not washing it?
According to studies, dirty beddings and mattresses are one of the reasons for the spread of diseases and allergies. It has more bacteria than the doorknob of your bathroom. Knowing how to deep clean a mattress can let you have a good night sleep without worrying about all this dirt, bacteria and viruses.
Deep Cleaning Your Mattresses
As promised, here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean your mattress, just like the professionals do.
This is a routine procedure for mattresses without stains, smells, or pests.
- Strip the mattress of its beddings, including the mattress pad or protector. (Mattress pads are important in protecting your mattresses from dirt and germs.)
- Use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to clean the tops and sides of the mattress. Move in slow circles to get as much dirt as possible.
- After cleaning, sprinkle a layer of baking soda and leave it for 24 hours. The baking soda will deodorize the mattress, break down the dirt and grime, and remove the moisture.
- Remove all the baking soda with a vacuum cleaner.
- Open the windows or turn on the fan in the bedroom.
- Clean the box spring or wood frame, including the headboard.
- Return everything and place fresh beddings.
We recommend deep cleaning your mattresses every six months.
Removing Stains From Your Mattresses
Stained mattresses are harder to clean, but you can do it. There are only two steps added to the general deep cleaning process.
- If the stain is still wet or fresh, blot it out using a clean cloth. Blot not wipe!
- Choose a proper stain remover for that kind of stain. Spray the cleaner on a clean cloth, not directly to the mattress to avoid any excess moisture.
- Pat the cloth on the stained area to soak it up. Avoid rubbing or moving the cloth in circles as it will only push the stain deeper into the fibres.
- Dab a clean wet new cloth on the stained area to remove the stain and the excess cleaner.
- Leave the area to dry completely.
- Sprinkle a layer of baking soda on top of the mattress and vacuum to freshen.
Other Mattress Cleaning Tips
- Cleaners with enzyme content and cold water are good for cleaning bodily fluids like period stains, pet accidents, among others. An alternative would be equal parts water and vinegar. Spray it on pet stains and see how it works.
- Steam Cleaning also works for stubborn stains from art supplies, beverages, and food. Replace the second step vacuum cleaning with steam cleaning. Make sure to use the right temperature setting for the type of fabric.
- Professional mattress cleaning is highly recommended. Urban Care has experts on its list who can provide deep mattress cleaning services.
Regular deep cleaning of mattresses can extend its life and help you sleep in a clean bed. The recommended frequency by experts is twice a year (every six months). Also, some good things never last, including your beloved mattress. Consider changing it after eight years or so. For more information on how to clean your mattress, contact Urban Care.